Grade 4 – Fall Units Update

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Fourth graders have been very busy in regular art, learning how to create a realistic looking still life drawing.  They learned how to show space or depth in their work by overlapping objects and how to draw cylinders 3-dimensionally.  To understand these concepts, students utilized our class iPads and the app Explain Everything to photograph still lifes they set up, and draw on the photographs.  This helped them see how to draw what they were seeing. Finally students practiced observation drawings in pencil, and moved onto their final, which was colored with oil pastels.

Check out the in progress photographs below, and be sure to visit Conant to check out some of the work on display in the front lobby.  OR visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see all the work.

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In extra art, which ended this past week, students in room 19 worked on a weaving unit that combined science and art.  The work was inspired by the artist Nathalie Miebach who creates sculptural basket weavings that are determined by a collection of scientific data, typically weather data. Students learned and studied her work, and then set out to use a data set of their choosing to create a pouch weaving.  The most popular data set was the temperature of a particular location for a month or so.  Students were able to use weather underground to research data as far back as 2005, in a number of locations all around the world.

Be sure to check out the in progress photos below, and visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see the finished pouches, and to read the artist statements explaining what data they used.

We also have big things coming with units that student teacher Miss LeBold has developed for these last few weeks before the winter break.  Be sure to check the ConantArt instagram feed for more frequent updates!

Regular Art Update: Grades 3 & 4

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Grade 3: Third graders learned about the group of artist known as the Fauvists.  We looked at some of the paintings by Henri Matisse and compared them to Claude Monet, to learn about how the Fauvists were creating paintings very different from most painters at the time. Taking our cues from the Fauvists, third graders were limited in their color choices, and were pushed to try non-representational colors for their landscapes. Check out some in-process photos below, and make sure to click through to see the finished pieces on Artsonia!

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Grade 4: This new unit has to be one of my favorite new units this year.  Inspired by a high school art teacher from North Carolina, I decided to share with fourth grade my love of street art.  We looked at Shepard Fairey’s work, and talked about the art of street art.  They had lots of questions, mostly about it being legal or not! Their assignment was to collaborate with a partner to create a hitchhiker street art character.  Check out the many photos below, and click through to see everyone’s work on Artsonia!

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Grade 3 – Biography Portraits

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Third graders finished up their biography portraits a few weeks ago, and I have been able to get most of their chatterpix videos uploaded to youtube to share with you.  If you are just learning about the biography portraits now, check out my previous post to learn more about the process, and so you can check out our Artsonia gallery to see all the amazing drawings!

When they finished up these amazing observation drawings, they were given the task of taking a photo of their work with one of our class iPads, so they could give their subject matter a voice.  Be sure to take a peek!  You will learn so much about all the people they researched!

Extra Art Update: Grades 1-3

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This year, students in grades 1-6 are rotating through an extra class of all 3 specials.  So that means each class gets to see me for extra art for 1/3 of the year.

I’ve been doing separate extra art units, instead of one class getting far ahead of the others.

Check out below to see what’s happened so far this year in extra art, grades 1-3!

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Catching Up – Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 – Regular Art

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It always seems that each year I get behind on sharing what is happening in the art room.  This year it hit right around the holiday’s, which I think everyone can understand…..But good news is, I’m finally catching up!

Scroll down to check out what we’ve been up to at Conant in grades 3 -6 recently!

Grade 3 has been working on their biography portraits, which are created in connection with the research they do in their classroom for their biography reports.  For more information about the unit, check out my EDCO collaborative EdTech post here.  Also, be sure to check out the finished drawings by visiting our Artsonia gallery.

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Grade 4 has been working on their nonrepresentational watercolor paintings.  They’ve learned a variety of techniques, created Explain Everything videos to share how to do those techniques, and have almost finished up their final paintings.  Be sure to check back to see the finished pieces.  They should be uploaded to Artsonia later this week!

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Grade 5 has been diligently working through a number of drawing workshops in their sketchbook to prepare for a colored pencil self portrait.  They’ve learned about contour drawing, line shading, value scales, color blending, and facial proportion.  We just started our self portraits, and should be done after February break. Be sure to check out our Artsonia gallery after the break to check out the finished drawings!

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Grade 6 has been exploring making figurative wire sculptures of people in action.  We started the unit by practicing our gesture drawing skills, which included some students posing for the classmates. Before starting our final sculptures, we did some idea sketches in our sketchbooks.  Students are really working on their problem solving skills with this unit. Check out the photos below to get a better idea of what they’ve been doing.

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Grade 3 – Grandma Moses Inspired Drawings

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Students in third grade have finally finished up their Grandma Moses inspired landscapes.  I shared about the practice observation drawings they did at the beginning of the unit, but now I can share their finished work!

They worked really hard!  They had to remember to draw their horizon line (the line that separates the sky from the ground) high on the page, include details in the foreground, middle ground, and background, AND include something they drew from observation and their memory or imagination.  It took a lot, but they really were focus on the Studio Habit of Mind engage & persist, which helped them complete their work to the best of their ability.  AND, it was great practice to help develop their drawing and coloring skills (develop craft).

Be sure to click through to check out our gallery on Artsonia to see all the finished pieces.

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Grade 3 – Observation Drawing – Inspired by Grandma Moses

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Third graders have been exploring a variety of drawing types to prepare for a drawing inspired by the painter Grandma Moses. Grandma Moses was a self taught painter, who started painting when she was in her late 70’s.  She often times painted landscapes that included people participating in activities. These paintings were often a combination of observation, memory, and imagination, and third graders are exploring those types of drawings while creating their landscapes.

To learn more about and explore observation drawing we took a class session to draw the landscapes details outside our classroom door. Everyone did a really great job staying engaged, especially considering it was recess for another grade level!

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